'''Bartolomé de las Casas''' (; c. 1484
– 18 July 1566) was a 16th-century Spanish Empire|Spanish
historian, social reformer and Dominican Order|Dominican friar
. He became the first resident Bishop
, and the first officially appointed "Protector of the Indians
". His extensive writings, the most famous being ''A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
'' and ''Historia de Las Indias'', chronicle the first decades of colonization of the Spanish West Indies|West Indies
and focus particularly on the atrocities committed by the colonizers against the indigenous peoples.
Arriving as one of the first European settlers in the Americas
, he initially participated in, but eventually felt compelled to oppose the atrocities...